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Nathan Tavares QC

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Outer Temple Chambers (Chambers of Michael Bowes QC, Christopher Gibson QC and Andrew S)


Principal areas of practice are clinical negligence, product liability (medical devices mainly), professional negligence and personal injury, for both claimant and defendant. Nathan is highly experienced in catastrophic injury claims and has a case load of predominantly multimillion pound injury claims – typically brain or spinal injury. Areas of additional specialism include: aviation accidents, equestrian claims, spinal surgery cases, psychiatric negligence and mental health law, and claims involving the MoD. Nathan is currently involved in multi-party product liability claims involving metal on metal hips and pelvic mesh. Notable cases include: C.R.E v C.R.F & MIB (recovered >£9m in settlement for claimant with brain injury); Evans v Soul Garages, QBD (established liability against a petrol station for selling petrol to a boy who suffered 40% burns after playing with the petrol); Blake v Galloway, CA (leading case on the duty of care owed during horseplay); Freeman v Lockett, QBD (claim to reduction in relation to state funding of care defeated); Mirvahedy v Henley (dealt with the quantum side of this leading case concerning s.2, Animals Act 1971); Kadlec v Lhor Industrie, County Ct. (acted for the French manufacturer of an LGV vehicle in a product liability action against it); Edwards v London Borough of Sutton [2014] EWHC 4378 (QB) (occupier’s liability for historic structures).


Called to the Bar 1992; judge of the Mental Health Review Tribunal since 2004.


Western Circuit; PNBA; PIBA; MHLA.


BSc Hons (Aeronautics); CPE.

London Bar

Clinical negligence

Within: Clinical negligence – 2018 silks

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersAnalytical with a fast turnaround of instructions and in depth knowledge of quantum issues.

Within: Clinical negligence

Outer Temple Chambers has ‘great strength in depth’ and is ‘especially strong at silk level’. Two of its leading juniors have taken silk in the past year – Eliot Woolf QC and Nathan Tavares QC – providing the set with additional strength. Members are ‘often against leading, recognised counsel’ in ‘claims of the highest value’, such as birth injury cases.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Industrial disease – 2018 silks

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersAnalytical with a fast turnaround of instructions and in depth knowledge of quantum issues.

Within: Personal injury – 2018 silks

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersA good negotiator with great client care and knowledge on traumatic brain injury cases.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – 2018 silks

Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersHis strengths are client care, negotiation skills and great knowledge.

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Outer Temple Chambers is ‘an excellent set’ which is still ‘rising up’ in travel law. The set took another step forward this year with three members obtaining silk – Sarah Crowther QC, Nathan Tavares QC and Eliot Woolf QC. The team has a ‘high level of expertise in travel law in all levels of call’ and provides ‘quick turnaround’ in claims of ‘high complexity and value’, including package travel regulations and multi-jurisdictional cases.

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